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Carolina IsraeliteHow Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights$
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Kimberly Hartnett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621036.001.0001

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Ghosts and Great Men

Ghosts and Great Men

(p.189) Chapter Six Ghosts and Great Men
Carolina Israelite

Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter recalls Harry Golden’s larger involvement in the Civil Rights Movement during its height in the 1960s. It also describes Golden’s coverage of the trial of Otto Adolf Eichmann for Life in 1960. As a Nazi war criminal, Eichmann was tried in Israel on charges of engineering the deaths of six million Jews during the Holocaust. Life chose Golden for the job, as he was the most popular mainstream Jewish writer, and the coverage gave him further international exposure. After the trial, Golden became involved with the Alabama Campaign of the Civil Rights Movement, supporting the Freedom Rides project by CORE in 1961. The projects aimed to stop segregation in Alabama, a state where the practice was still prevalent even though the Supreme Court had made it unconstitutional. The chapter also explores Golden’s relationship with Martin Luther King and Robert and John F. Kennedy—key people in the movement towards desegregation.

Keywords:   Harry Golden, Civil Rights Movement, Otto Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, Alabama Campaign, Freedom Rides, CORE, Martin Luther King, segregation, John F. Kennedy

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